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The perception of femininity has been the object of much thought and theoretical expression Though countless debates have taken place upon a variety of fields within the expanse of the classification known as femininity little clarification has come of it There exist two standards by which females are judged moral standards and physical appearance However there are many different details to be judged in these areas The ethic criterion that determines what a woman is differs from person to person whether they are sin or innocence the same goes for outwards appearance as each person has their own personal inclinations One may further scrutinize these differences in the guises of the colorful characters presented in many works of literature Isak Dinesen in his tale The Ring introduces a perspective of women that might be considered oppressing by the American standard of today The main character Lise appears to have been highly tyrannized during her life as is witnessed by her unwavering loyalty and obedience towards her husband in the story As a daughter in her particular time period she is expected to conform to her familys wishes whatever they may be As The Ring unravels it is revealed that Lise is meant to marry Sigismund for possession rather than love yet she eventually exhibits love for him despite her situation There are several examples of her submission dispersed throughout Dinesens account The most conspicuous one is Lises encounter with the sick lambs Though she is quite obviously disturbed by the various prodding and poking the two men expose the lambs to she does not run but merely shrink back in fear Only when her husband excuses her does she retreat to the groves that are in her opinion full of promise Repeatedly does she voice her wish to flee into the meadows carelessly allowing her husband time to sweat before she returned to him She is also shown as a sinful individual on different instances
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